Lars Von Trier Releases Public Statement

He'll never be interviewed again

Well, this is certainly interesting: Lars von Trier has released the following statement.

"Today at 2pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes."

"The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews."

Lars von Trier

Avedøre, 5. October 2011

So, it would seem that there has been further fallout from von Trier's controversial joke about being a Nazi, which he made at this year's Cannes Film Festival. For more details surrounding that, head this way.

And so, now with the possibility of prosecution hanging over him, the great provocateur of world cinema has, perhaps understandably, called it a day. There will be those who feel that von Trier is merely getting what he deserves for making that statement in Cannes; there will be others who feel that this is a gross overreaction, and that von Trier should certainly still feel free to speak his mind on any other subject.

Wherever you stand on the subject, though, it seems that von Trier has made his last public statement. Will that remain the case, though? That very much remains to be seen.